32 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

32 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

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32 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Wexford, Ireland
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
3
Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Gort, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Westport, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Dunfanaghy, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
10
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Dundalk, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes War Memorial Gardens, Saint Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Step out of Dublin to go to Glendalough Village and see Wicklow Mountains National Park, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, stroll around Phoenix Park, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Dublin tour itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Wexford.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wicklow Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

3
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Wexford, Ireland

Wexford ©
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kilmore Quay Harbour, Enniscorthy Castle and Ferns Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle, see the interesting displays at Enniscorthy Castle, see the interesting displays at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, see the interesting displays at Irish National Heritage Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Keyser's Lane, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wexford online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Dublin to Wexford in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Wexford can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Waterford.

Things to do in Wexford

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, Kilmore Quay Harbour, Loftus Hall, Irish National Heritage Park, Hook Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:
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Tintern Abbey ©
Tintern Abbey
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle
Irish National Heritage Park ©
Irish National Heritage Park

2
nights
Waterford, Ireland

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St Declan's Well and Oratory. On the 5th (Mon), see the interesting displays at King of the Vikings VR, make a trip to The Viking Triangle, get into the urban bustle at Reginald's Tower, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Bishop's Palace, and finally take a leisurely stroll along William Vincent Wallace Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford online holiday builder .

Take a bus from Wexford to Waterford in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Cork.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, St Declan's Well and Oratory, Kells Priory, Mayfield Birds of Prey
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

1
night
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 7th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol and then hunt for treasures at The English Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cork trip maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Waterford to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Cork, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
The English Market ©
The English Market

5
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Great Blasket Island, Dingle Peninsula and The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, and appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Killarney online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Killarney are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Gort.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Great Blasket Island, The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre, Dingle Peninsula
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:
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Killarney Falconry ©
Killarney Falconry
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

2
nights
Gort, Ireland

Gort ©
Gort is a town in south County Galway, in the west of Ireland. Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb has been added to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gort trip website .

You can drive from Killarney to Gort in 2.5 hours. August in Gort sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Westport.

Things to do in Gort

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, Carran Medieval Church, Burren National Park
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

5
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Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Inishbofin Island. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Roundstone Music & Crafts (in Roundstone), Sky Rd (in Clifden) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, get your bearings at Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, make a trip to Fairy Bridges, and get outside with Killadoon Standing Stone.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Westport day trip tool .

Getting from Gort to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Westport are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Fairy Bridges, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Roundstone Music & Crafts, Sky Rd, Keem Bay
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Keem Bay
Keem Bay

2
nights
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
You've now added Dive Arranmore Charters to your itinerary.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Donegal Town trip planner .

You can drive from Westport to Donegal Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Westport in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Donegal Town, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Dunfanaghy.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dive Arranmore Charters
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:
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Dive Arranmore Charters ©
Dive Arranmore Charters
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Lough Eske ©
Lough Eske

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night
Dunfanaghy, Ireland

Dunfanaghy
Dunfanaghy is a small town, former fishing port, and commercial centre in County Donegal, Ireland. For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dunfanaghy vacation planning site .

You can drive from Donegal Town to Dunfanaghy in 1.5 hours. In August in Dunfanaghy, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for Derry on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Dunfanaghy

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
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nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The People's Gallery, Bloody Sunday Memorial and The Bogside Artists. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Walled city Londonderry, appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, snap pictures at Peace bridge, then make a trip to The Bogside Artists, then pause for some photo ops at Bloody Sunday Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to The People's Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Derry travel route planning website .

Getting from Dunfanaghy to Derry by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Beaches Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bushmills, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge ©
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

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nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): step aboard HMS Caroline, then explore the engaging exhibits at W5, then admire the striking features of City Hall, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast driving holiday planner .

Getting from Derry to Belfast by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dundalk.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
City Hall ©
City Hall

2
nights
Dundalk, Ireland

Dundalk ©
Dundalk is the county town of County Louth, Ireland. Trim Castle has been added to your itinerary.

Plan trip to Dundalk with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dundalk takes 1.5 hours. August in Dundalk sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Dundalk

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Loughcrew Cairns, Trim Castle, Irish Military War Museum & Family Park
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:
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Irish Military War Museum & Family Park ©
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

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